FILM

Michael Adams GRABS A LARGE SLUSHIE AND A JUMBO POP­CORN IN READI­NESS FOR THE FILMS TO SEE IN 2018.

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Michael Adams on the flicks to keep an eye out for in 2018

JAN­UARY

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (Jan 4) The ti­tle refers to J. Paul Getty’s for­tune, a sliver of which was de­manded in 1973 by crims who kid­napped his grand­son. Ri­d­ley Scott di­rects this real-life thriller, with Michelle Wil­liams as the kid’s dis­traught mother, Mark Wahlberg as an EX-CIA fixer and Kevin Spacey as the ruth­less gazil­lion­aire who won’t play ball.

DARK­EST HOUR

(Jan 11) Our cin­e­matic ob­ses­sion with Win­ston Churchill con­tin­ues. Atone­ment di­rec­tor Joe Wright recre­ates the 1940 cri­sis which saw the Bri­tish Bull­dog de­cid­ing whether to make peace or war with Hitler. Spoiler alert: it was the lat­ter. Gary Old­man is the cigar­chomp­ing leader.

THE POST

(Jan 11) One of two 2018 flicks di­rected by Steven Spiel­berg, this drama­tises The Wash­ing­ton Post’s de­ci­sion to pub­lish The Pen­tagon Pa­pers, ex­pos­ing, among other things, how the US gov­ern­ment il­le­gally ex­panded the Viet­nam War by bomb­ing Cam­bo­dia and Laos. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star.

SWEET COUN­TRY

(Jan 25) Warwick Thorn­ton’s fol­lowup to Sam­son And Delilah is a 1920s-set Aussie west­ern in which an Abo­rig­i­nal man is hounded through the out­back. The cast in­cludes Hamilton Mor­ris, Sam Neill and Bryan Brown.

FE­BRU­ARY PHAN­TOM THREAD

(Feb 1) Paul Thomas An­der­son reteams with There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-lewis for a drama based on the life of 1950s Bri­tish de­signer Charles James. The movie, ap­par­ently, is to be DDL’S act­ing swan­song.

LAST FLAG FLY­ING

(Feb 8) Writer-di­rec­tor Richard Lin­klater of Be­fore Sun­set and Boy­hood fame turns his gaze from Gen X slack­ers to Viet­nam vets for a comic drama that has Bryan Cranston and Lau­rence Fish­burne join­ing Steve Car­rell to bury his son, re­cently killed serv­ing in the Mid­dle East.

MARCH RED SPAR­ROW

(Mar 1) Jen­nifer Lawrence (above) is a Soviet spy, trained in the art of se­duc­tion and mur­der, who has latched onto Joel Edger­ton’s CIA agent. From Fran­cis Lawrence, di­rec­tor who made the best of J-law’s Hunger Games flicks, Red Spar­row looks a classy ac­tion thriller.

GRINGO

(Mar 8) Aussie Nash Edger­ton di­rects his brother Joel, along with Char­l­ize Theron and Amanda Seyfried, in a comic-thriller with David Oyelowo as a hap­less dude go­ing from cit­i­zen to crim­i­nal in Mex­ico.

WINCH­ESTER

(Mar 15) Aussies the Spierig broth­ers, who gave us Un­dead, Day­walk­ers and Pre­des­ti­na­tion, di­rect He­len Mir­ren in a real-life hor­ror movie about Sarah Winch­ester, heiress to the for­tune cre­ated by the ri­fle com­pany, who kept ad­ding to her San Fran­cisco man­sion for 40 years to elude all the ghosts made by her fam­ily’s weaponry.

READY PLAYER ONE

(Mar 29) Steven Spiel­berg’s other 2018 big­gie is this spec­tac­u­lar adap­ta­tion of Ernest Cline’s best-sell­ing novel of the same name, which de­picts a dystopian world of 2045 in which peo­ple’s only es­cape is into a vir­tual re­al­ity won­der­land called Oa­sis.

THE DEATH OF STALIN

(Mar TBC) From Ar­mando Ian­nucci, who brought us The Thick Of It and Veep, comes a po­lit­i­cal com­edy that has var­i­ous foul-mouthed polit­buro, mil­i­tary and KGB im­be­ciles fight­ing for power after Stalin kicks the bucket in 1953. Steve Buscemi, Ja­son Isaacs and Jeffrey Tambor head up an all-star, all-swear­ing cast.

APRIL ISLE OF DOGS

(April 19) Wes An­der­son’s an­i­mated an­i­mal comic-drama The Fan­tas­tic Mr Fox was a win­ner. Here’s hop­ing he hits those heights again with this sci-fi tinged stop-mo­tion flick about ca­nines aban­doned to a trash is­land in fu­tur­is­tic Ja­pan. Voice work from Bryan Cranston, Jeff Gold­blum and Bill Murray.

AVENGERS: IN­FIN­ITY WAR (April 25) The plot’s un­known at the time of writ­ing but does it even mat­ter? This lat­est Marvel in­stal­ment will vac­uum up all the moolah on earth thanks to it fold­ing the Guardians Of The Galaxy gang into the Avengers core group along­side new mem­ber Spi­der-man.

MAY BREATH

(May 3) Aussie ac­tor Si­mon Baker di­rects and stars in this adap­ta­tion of Tim Win­ton’s 2009 Miles Franklin Award win­ner of the same name. The Wa-shot drama has Baker as an old surfer who be­friends a cou­ple of teens in the mid-1970s. The ace Richard Rox­burgh and Rachael Blake co-star.

DEAD­POOL 2

(May 31) Ryan Reynolds’ totes-in­ap­propes super-an­ti­hero re­turns for more foul-mouthed, bi-cu­ri­ous and graph­i­cally vi­o­lent ad­ven­tures. The first flick was a fresh and funny blast of vul­gar­ity; a wicked cor­rec­tive to an over­sup­ply of su­per­hero films.

JUNE OCEAN’S EIGHT

(June 7) Can eight women pull off the sort of heist that re­quired be­tween 11 and 13 men? We’re guess­ing yes, when this spin-off ’s femmes fa­tale in­clude San­dra Bul­lock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hath­away and Ri­hanna.

THE IN­CRED­I­BLES 2

(June 14) The di­rec­tor of the orig­i­nal, Brad Bird, floated this se­quel over a decade ago, say­ing he’d only go ahead if he had an idea bet­ter than the first film. Fin­gers crossed he’s true to his word. This picks up where The In­cred­i­bles left off, with our skewed su­per­hero fam­ily this time tack­ling a vil­lain called the Un­der­miner.

TAG

(June 28) This prom­ises to be the break­out man-com­edy of 2018. Ed Helms, Jeremy Ren­ner, Jon Hamm and Han­ni­bal Buress star as 40-some­thing dudes who have for decades played an elab­o­rate an­nual game of tag. But this year it falls when the only one who’s never been “it” is get­ting mar­ried.

JULY SKY­SCRAPER

(July 12) It’s The Rock meets Die Hard as Dwayne John­son’s FBI res­cue spe­cial­ist has to save his fam­ily when they’re trapped in­side a Chi­nese sky­scraper. It’s go­ing to be in 3D, so pre­pare for ver­tigo.

AU­GUST THE PREDA­TOR

(Aug 2) A 1980s-themed month kicks off with a re­boot of the dread­locked alien fran­chise. This in­stal­ment is set be­tween Preda­tor 2 and Preda­tors and helmed by the very clever Shane Black, who starred in the orig­i­nal Preda­tor and went on to write and di­rect Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys.

SCARFACE

(Aug 9) Say hello to my lit­tle re­make. We could safely ig­nore this ex­cept a) the 1983 ver­sion was also a re­make; b) the Coen broth­ers have had a hand in writ­ing this; c) the lead is the very ta­lented Diego Luna.

THE EQUAL­IZER 2

(Aug 16) Den­zel Wash­ing­ton does his firstever se­quel in this fol­low-up to the 2014 film ver­sion of the 1980s TV show. Try say­ing that five times fast. But don’t ques­tion it. Just ac­cept that Denz does deadly vi­o­lence in a way that makes you think it’s dra­mat­i­cally deep.

SEPTEM­BER

(Sept 20) Don’t ex­pect men in tights – or portly Rus­sell Crowe – in this gritty retelling that stars Taron Eger­ton of Kings­man in the lead role, with Jamie Foxx as Lit­tle John and Tim Minchin as Friar Tuck. Ben Men­del­sohn as the Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham con­firms this is a must-see for its cast­ing alone.

OC­TO­BER FIRST MAN

(Oct 11) Di­rec­tor Damian Chazelle goes from La La Land to the lu­nar land­scape and takes Ryan Gosling along for the ride in this biopic about Neil Arm­strong, first man on the moon.

NOVEM­BER HOLMES AND WAT­SON

(Nov 8) It’s been too long since Will Fer­rell and John C. Reilly’s last team-up and this com­edy with them as Arthur Co­nan Doyle’s leg­endary crime-solv­ing bros prom­ises to be a pisser.

DE­CEM­BER AQUA­MAN

(Dec 26) All through En­tourage, this was the Holy Grail of Hol­ly­wood roles for Vin­nie Chase. But now it’s set to take Ja­son Mo­moa – bet­ter known as Got’s Khal Drogo – into the su­per­hero strato­sphere. Shot in Aus­tralia, Aqua­man is di­rected by James Wan, the lo­cal lad who made good with Saw, and co-stars Nicole Kid­man, lo­cal lass made good who you’ll re­mem­ber from BMX Ban­dits.

BO­HEMIAN RHAPSODY

(Dec 26) Leaked set footage showed that Rami Malek – break­out star of Mr Ro­bot – is an un­canny fit for Queen lead singer Freddie Mer­cury in this long-ges­tat­ing biopic. Let’s pray this does the fandango while do­ing jus­tice to the man’s leg­end and life.

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